What have you been watching this week (w/e April 8)?

Channel 4's Campus

My usual recommendations for maximum viewing pleasure are: Archer, Being Human (US), The Daily Show and Stargate Universe. Watch them (and keep an eye on The Stage‘s TV Today Square Eyes feature as well) or you’ll be missing out on the good stuff.

I’ve done quite a lot of reviewing of first-run shows this week – here’s a list, so you have my in-depth feelings on those:

Endgame was quite fun this week, although massively, massively implausible (spoiler: the girl died of an allergic reaction to the bee pollen in her honey ice cream), and if it carries on at this rate, I’ll be adding it to my list of regular recommendations very soon.

I tried Channel 4’s Campus – if you’re a student and therefore too young to have seen actual comedy before, you might have thought this was good; for everyone else, it would have been less enjoyable than self-vivisection. A couple of amusing moments, but largely it seemed impressed by its ability to SAY THE UNTHINKABLE. Unthinkable, that is, if you’re the kind of person who regards swearing and shirking at work as being crimes that should carry the death penalty. Otherwise, very tame.

However, I’ve still to get through BBC1’s Candy Cabs, Comedy Central’s Workaholics and BBC2’s The Crimson Petal and the White – I’ll get through them in due course, but does anyone have good or bad things to say about any of them in the interim?

"What have you been watching this week?" is your chance to recommend to friends and fellow blog readers the TV that they might be missing or should avoid – and for me to do mini-reviews of everything I’ve watched this week. Since we live in the fabulous world of Internet catch-up services like the iPlayer and Hulu, why not tell your fellow readers what you’ve seen so they can see the good stuff they might have missed?

  • MediumRob

    I’ve now watched Workaholics. Leprosy is funnier. I should sue Comedy Central for breach of its own name. Admittedly, the show is probably aimed at people smoking quite epic quantities of pot and who’ll laugh at everything, but unless that’s you, give this one a miss.

  • Mark Carroll

    I’ve not seen much of interest this week. Some more Touching Evil, some L&O: SVU. Nothing very remarkable though. I can barely recall.
    Oh, we did watch Clerks. That was … special. It was quite good for what it was, but what it was wasn’t a whole lot.

  • The other David

    Contrary to my initial impressions, I began to like the second half of Candy Cabs (see my last comments). I didn’t think that the laying of the backstory in the first half-hour was all that great, but once we’d gotten into the meat of the story in the second-half, it certainly turned around. Also saw that Filthy Cities — interesting and informative, but I thought Dan Snow was laying on the grossology a little too thick.
    Contrary to your impressions, Rob, I was fairly entertained by Campus. It appeared that there were a few elements of the first episode which were recycled from the pilot (as I recall, but the pilot was done back in 2009 and my memory may be a bit faulty), and the foreshadowed relationship between the Math and the English professor was laid on a little thick, but I did like the quick and rapier-like verbal repartee. It is certainly not demonstrating itself as a prime pillar of the comedy genre, but it was entertaining none-the-less.
    Was also thrilled and excited to see the return of Engrenages. After the machine-like Lund of The Killing, Laure’s out-of-control spiral is a nice contrast. And seeing the rest of the cast was like seeing old friends again.
    P.S.: Haven’t seen anything about season 4 (on here at least), but I did come across a couple of blurbs about a fourth season. Spoiler alert: There’s two French-language interviews (here and here) which talk about where season four could go and allude to some of what happened in season three. (Now I’m not going to pretend that I understand the dialog of the interviews, but the Google Translate translations are informative.)

  • I did try watching Candy Cabs, but the first half was so poor and represented everything that is so poor about non-Doctor Who attempts at populist drama at the BBC that I couldn’t stomach the rest:
    1) Relentlessly stupid and unrealistic
    2) Stereotypical characters who subscribed to the usual motto of “We are working class and Northern therefore must be classless, stupid and played by actors who have never heard of the word ‘subtlety'”
    Just horribly, horribly patronising, both to the characters and the audience.
    Part two may have been better